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Initial post: Dec 15, 2010 11:12:03 PM PST
TN says:
I have followed this home remedy

But I'm not sure how that works or whether it works at all.

Any other proven method to remove ear wax? It's bothering me to no end.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 6:04:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2010 6:07:33 AM PST
Is there a huge build-up? Are the canals actually occluded with wax?

Or is it just visible on the outside of the canal?

I have found that when in the shower, pull the ear up and back. This will straighten out the ear canal and allow water to enter and wash wax out. Clean the outer canal with a Q-Tip afterwards.

Done on a regular basis, this keeps it clean. Remember you don't want to remove ALL the wax, it serves a purpose.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 6:48:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2010 6:53:56 AM PST
Nalicter says:
Ear candles are great for removing ear wax. HOWEVER, if the ear wax is hardened, it may damage things as it comes out. So, I recommend steaming up your ears first to soften it (maybe use them right after a hot shower).

I've used them before and they definitely get a ton of gross-looking ear wax out of anyone's ear. I didn't soften the wax first, though. So, it made one of my ears ring a little more often than usual for a few months. I think my ears are fine now, though, but I don't recommend risking it.

I've heard horror stories about using Q-tips in ears, however (including a first-hand one). I'd be very careful about that.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 9:22:17 AM PST
Greg Ashmore says:
Hydrogen Peroxide works like a charm. I've had complete blockage before. Pour a small amount in you ear for just abt a minute. I will loosen it up and fall out. Only thing I ever use now.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 9:50:39 AM PST
medialint says:
I use the ear wax removal kits they sell at drug stores with the little bulb, e.g. MURINE EAR WAX REMOVAL SYSTEM 0.5 OZ. I had a lot of build up one time and went to the doctor and they flushed it out with their industrial version of this, then said "you know, you can do this in the shower and save yourself the trip next time" ... kinda like the time I went to the doctor to complain of pain I was having in my chest, doc asked "you ever use antacid?" ... "Um ... no I guess I should eh?"

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 11:47:44 AM PST
Get you a little rubber suction devise, put some warm, not hot water in the sink. Suck up some water, lean your head over then sink, Squirt some water in you ear, not with too much force, you can also suck the water out of your ear. Keep doing this several times, until it works. It may take a minute or two for the wax to loosen. You will be amazed at what comes out of your ear. It has worked for me several times in my life time, i am 67. Just happened to see your post searching for a book, hope this works for you....It will....

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 12:16:41 PM PST
What purpose?

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 6:14:26 PM PST
[quote]What purpose? [/quote]

It helps trap dust and other debris that would otherwise accumulate near or possibly injure the eardrum.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 6:39:09 PM PST
It protects the ear canal.

It traps dust and other contaminants that would affect the tympanic memebrane.

It is also thought to be a natural insect repellant.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2010 2:27:12 PM PST
ColdShot says:
sounds like the cheapest safest way to go so far....

but I wouldn't do it in the winter....and I'd probably do it just before bed, to give the body a chance to make a little for protection overnight while sleeping

I wouldn't want to go outside right after having that done

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 4:18:12 PM PST
TN says:
I've used HydroPeroxide for 2 days, olive oil once. The wax bulb if any is still in there. I'll keep using Peroxide and will report any success. Thx to all posters. Happy holidays.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 4:55:31 PM PST
Bookgirl says:
Warm olive oil will soften it up.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 11:32:54 PM PST
spookiewon says:
I am a nurse who has used the hydrogen peroxide/isopropyl alcohol method described in your link for 30 years. It's very safe and VERY effective.

Candling should only be done by a trained professional ONLY. It can be VERY dangerous.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 11:38:23 PM PST
spookiewon says:
To help move dust and debris out of the ear canal, to provide a moisture barrier to keep water out and to moisturize the ear canal, and it contains antibacterials that help prevent ear infection.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2010 6:31:17 AM PST
Laura says:
this has been used on my husband, daughter and now my grandchildren-the ONLY thing that works. pulling on ear will cause much pain. Just pour into ear (full strength)and you will hear the bubbles doing its job-after a few minutes the poison will come out (wax). you may have to press lightly on the outer part of the ear and it will react like a pimple. all natual and fail proof in our home-hope you try it

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2010 9:32:01 AM PST
Jacqueline says:
I have used Hydrogen Peroxide since I was a kid. I have terrible sinus issues and my ENT is always surprised how clean my ears are! I was a swimmer as a kid and have been flying for work as an adult ... both wreak havoc on the ears, and the HP always does the trick. Lay on your side, put about 1/2 cap full in your ear (have a towel for any spillage) and let it go until it stops bubbling. When my ears are super-clogged I'll do that several times for each ear (sometimes up to an hour per ear). If I do use a lot, I take a bath after so that I can completely submerge my ears in water to wash any remainng HP out. Good luck

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2010 4:08:30 PM PST
ColdShot says:
have you ever tried saline solution for your sinuses?

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 5:36:09 AM PST
TN says:
I've used Hydro Peroxide for 5 days now, sometimes for half an hour. The wax is not coming out. I probably need a mechanical removal of the ball of wax.

Theoretically, wax melts at 55C, so I'd need to heat my ear to over 55C for ear wax to melt and flow out. I don't see that as easy. We'll see what will happen the next few days.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 12:51:50 AM PST
TN says:
I got half of it out after flushing my ear with hot water in a shower. Now the rest should be easier to remove, with more Hydrogen Peroxide.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 4:49:18 PM PST
TN says:
Ear wax gone. Thx everyone for posting.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2010 5:07:15 PM PST
Ear Candles. They are the best, you will be surprised at how much wax they pull out of your ears. Super Supplements has them, health food stores, metaphysical stores. It is best if you have someone to help you.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 10:25:27 PM PST
Useful discussion.

The ear candles also have a soothing effect on all the mucus membranes in the head and chest. The fumes are useful to relieve some headaches, earaches, sinus pain etc.

It is the fumes of the beeswax that do the best work. There is a similar effect in the respiratory tract when one burns a beeswax candle. Beware of soyabean wax which is in some of the candles, as it is only there as a cost saving device.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 10:11:00 AM PST
Music Lover says:
Flushing the ears with castor oil infused with just a splash of elderberry works like a charm. We use 3 parts castor oil to one part elderberry extract. Heat the mixture on the stove on low heat just till warm. Then transfer to a cup. Flush ears at will then jump up and down for 20 minutes with your arms extended over your head and your mouth open. This will ensure the oil does it's trick and gets all the wax loose. You'll be wax free and you'll also feel like you can fly. It's just wonderful.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 3:39:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2012 3:40:40 AM PDT
Irriclear is a safe soft non-latex tip used to gently flush earwax (cerumen) blockages. It has been used with great patient satisfaction for over 20 years

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